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Friday, December 16, 2011
Reeves courts Michigan, still committed to PSU

By ESPNBoston.com

On ESPN's Wolverine Nation blog, Tom VanHaaren checks in with Catholic Memorial athlete Armani Reeves, who remains committed to Penn State but is exploring his other options.

Reeves, a two-time ESPNBoston All-State selection and this year's ESPN Boston Offensive Player of the Year, told VanHaaren that he wants to give Penn State the opportunity to hire a new coach, and then hear what he has to say, before making any moves. In the meantime, Notre Dame and Michigan have begun recruiting him again. The Irish and Wolverines were two of the four finalist schools for Reeves prior to his Penn State commitment, the other one being Boston College.

VanHaaren writes (Insider Only):


"With everything going on, I really liked those schools before I committed. They're all good football and academic schools, and there wasn't much separating them the first time," he said. "What hurt Michigan the first time was that they came in a little late, and I was ready to make a decision. This time they've expressed a lot more that they want me."

It might take a lot for another school to get him to switch, but Reeves says it's not out of the question. There are so many uncertainties that he just doesn't know what will happen going forward.

He does know that once a new coach is hired, Reeves would like to sit down and go over how he fits into the program and how the new coach will use him.

"I'm assuming that will happen before Christmas is when they'll hire someone," he said. "I'm hoping before Christmas, or at least before the dead period, so he can call everybody, and that way we have something to think about."

While he's waiting, both Michigan and Notre Dame have been courting him. In fact, Reeves got a visit from Michigan defensive backs coach Curt Mallory within the past week.

"Coach Mallory did an in-home visit last Sunday, and he was expressing how much they want me," he said. "He was telling me about the depth chart and the academic side of things. It's definitely a positive that they think of me as an elite corner that could shut down in their system."

Reeves was also excited about the fact Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison believes he's good enough to play at the college level. He sees how much football experience Mattison has and is flattered Mattison would recruit Reeves to Michigan.



VanHaaren also notes that his CM teammate and best friend Cam Williams, another ESPN Boston All-Stater who committed to the Nittany Lions, is also exploring his options. Williams took a visit out to Ohio State last weekend. Early last week, Buckeye assistants Luke Fickell and Mike Vrabel were at his school to visit him.